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The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Review Article, by Paul Elbert

The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Review Article, by Paul Elbert

  Murray W. Dempster, Byron D. Klaus, and Douglas Peterson (eds.), The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel (Irvine, CA: Regnum International, 1999), ISBN 9781870345293. This guest review essay originally appeared in Trinity Journal and is reprinted here by permission of the author. This work[1] is the result of a conference in Costa […]

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Let the Bones Dance, reviewed by Timothy Lim Teck Ngern

Let the Bones Dance, reviewed by Timothy Lim Teck Ngern

Marcia W. Mount Shoop, Let the Bones Dance: Embodiment and the Body of Christ (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 184 pages, ISBN 9780664234126. In Let the Bones Dance, ordained theologian-in-residence at University Presbyterian Church (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) Marcia Shoop produces a constructive theology (revised from her dissertation submitted to Emory University under […]

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Margaret Kostenberger's Jesus and the Feminists, Reviewed by Mara Lief Crabtree

Margaret Kostenberger’s Jesus and the Feminists, Reviewed by Mara Lief Crabtree

Margaret Elizabeth Kostenberger, Jesus and the Feminists: Who Do They Say That He Is? (Wheaton, Crossway, 2008), 253 pages, ISBN 9781581349597. Kostenberger, an adjunct professor of women’s studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is an apologist for the male headship and complementarian viewpoints regarding women in ministry leadership. She “attempts to chronicle the feminist quest […]

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The Spirit of Augustine's Early Theology, reviewed by Tony Richie

The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology, reviewed by Tony Richie

Chad Tyler Gerber, The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine’s Pneumatology (Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2012), 221 pages, ISBN 9781409424376. Chad Tyler Gerber is Assistant Professor of Theology at Walsh University, USA. This book is part of the Ashgate Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity. The series focuses on major theologians from […]

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J. Keir Howard's Medicine, Miracle and Myth in the New Testament, reviewed by David Seal

J. Keir Howard’s Medicine, Miracle and Myth in the New Testament, reviewed by David Seal

J. Keir Howard, Medicine, Miracle and Myth in the New Testament (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010), 121 pages, ISBN 9781608992447. In his book Medicine, Miracle and Myth in the New Testament, J. Keir Howard has a simple aim, “to apply modern medical knowledge” to the study of miracles and illnesses recounted in the New […]

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Robert Muthiah's The Priesthood of All Believers in the Twenty-First Century, reviewed by John Miller

Robert Muthiah’s The Priesthood of All Believers in the Twenty-First Century, reviewed by John Miller

Robert A. Muthiah, The Priesthood of All Believers in the Twenty-First Century: Living Faithfully as the Whole People of God in a Postmodern Context (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2009), 185 pages. Robert Muthiah, professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University, differentiates independence from interdependence, which is held in theoretical tension with the concept of The […]

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Matthew Gordley's Teaching through Song in Antiquity, reviewed by David Seal

Matthew Gordley’s Teaching through Song in Antiquity, reviewed by David Seal

Matthew E. Gordley, Teaching through Song in Antiquity: Didactic Hymnody among Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians (WUNT II 302; Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), 445 pages, ISBN 9783161507229. Matthew E. Gordley, in his monograph Teaching through Song in Antiquity: Didactic Hymnody among Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians, explores the variety of means that ancient poets, over […]

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Supernatural Physical Manifestations in the Evangelical and Holiness Revival Movements, by Paul King

Supernatural Physical Manifestations in the Evangelical and Holiness Revival Movements, by Paul King

With the phenomena associated with the “Toronto Blessing,” the Pensacola/Brownsville revival, and the ministry of Rodney Howard‑Browne, such as falling under the power of the Spirit, trembling, holy laughter, etc., people have tended to either completely accept or completely reject all such phenomena. However, when we study the history of the church, in particular the […]

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Mark Chancey's Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus, reviewed by Thang San Mung

Mark Chancey’s Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus, reviewed by Thang San Mung

Mark A. Chancey, Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus, Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 134 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 304 pages, ISBN 9780521091442. Mark Chancey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, challenges the consensus of the cultural influence of the Hellenistic Romans on the Galilee […]

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The Holy Spirit’s Role in the End Times: A Pneumatological View of Eschatology, by Bernie Townsend

The Holy Spirit’s Role in the End Times: A Pneumatological View of Eschatology, by Bernie Townsend

God’s plan for the renewal of creation in the end times is described in Scripture and by theologians. His plan involves the inclusion of humankind enjoying and resting with Himself eternally. The Holy Spirit, who is sent by the resurrected Jesus, prescribes and empowers His followers for the end times. Followers are invited to embrace […]

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Discovering Biblical Equality, reviewed by Patricia Riley

Discovering Biblical Equality, reviewed by Patricia Riley

Ronald W. Pierce, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, gen. eds., Gordon D. Fee, contributing editor, Discovering Biblical Equality: Complimentarity Without Hierarchy (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2005), 528 pages, ISBN 9780830828340. Ronald W. Pierce (Biola) and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis have edited a carefully constructed volume that aims to inform and persuade while remaining calm in the midst of discussion. […]

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Graham A. Cole: He Who Gives Life

Graham A. Cole: He Who Gives Life

Graham A. Cole, He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Foundations of Evangelical Theology (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007). Graham A. Cole is professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He is an ordained Anglican minister, and has written several other books regarding Evangelical theology. This […]

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Leonard Swidler's Club Modernity for Reluctant Christians, reviewed by John R. Miller

Leonard Swidler’s Club Modernity for Reluctant Christians, reviewed by John R. Miller

Leonard Swidler, Club Modernity for Reluctant Christians (Philadelphia, PA: Ecumenical Press, 2011), 216 pages, ISBN 9780931214127. Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University, explores the challenges of faith and modernity. He has divided this book into four main sections, fluidly integrating its 36 chapters into a progressive and logical structure. […]

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Nimi Wariboko's The Pentecostal Principle, reviewed by Paul Palma

Nimi Wariboko’s The Pentecostal Principle, reviewed by Paul Palma

Nimi Wariboko, The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit, Pentecostal Manifestos 5 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), 235 pp. + xii, ISBN 9780802866974. The “Pentecostal Manifestos” series is designed for a rising and outwardly-focused generation of Pentecostal scholarship. In this the fifth book of the collection, Nimi Wariboko, Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics […]

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